The Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales
The Curriculum Statement encourages all individuals who undertake work
with young people in their community to work in a way that is based on a set
These are laid down in the Youth Work curriculum Statement for Wales and
State that all activities with young people should show an awareness of and
give opportunities which are:
Educative – Enabling young people to gain skills, knowledge, understanding,
attitudes and values needed to identify, advocate and pursue their rights and
responsibilities as individuals and as members of groups and communities,
locally, nationally, and internationally.
Participative – where young people are encouraged to share responsibility
and to become equal partners, fundamental to the learning processes and
decision making structures, which affect their own and other people’s lives
Empowering – Encouraging and enabling young people to understand their
rights and responsibilities so that they are able to act on the personal issues
which affect their lives and the lives of others and also as responsible citizens
of communities which they are a part.
Expressive – Encouraging and enabling young people to express their
emotions and aspirations, through creative, sporting and challenging
opportunities, which raise awareness of: cultural identity, bilingualism and
value of ones own language, heritage, of diversity, citizenship and respect for
These four principles are underpinned by equality of opportunity, ensuring that
all young people can take part in activities. The principles should promote
acceptance of the differences that spring from language, race, sexual identity,
age, religion and class. They should also recognise the importance of the
Welsh language and its heritage, other languages, and the diversity of
cultures in Wales. These principles are designed to enable young people to
play an increasingly active part in their community.
The City & County of Swansea Youth Service has developed six key headings
with examples of supporting activities which complement the Youth Work
Curriculum Statement for Wales.
Outdoor Pursuits – under AALA license
Camp Craft and Survival
Team Building Games
First Aid – Life Saving
Young People’s Groups
Building bridges/ inter-generational work
Conservation and Recycling
Fund Raising for others
Annual Events Calendar
Children in Need Day
Red Nose Day
St David’s day
World Aids Day
Youth Work Week etc. etc.
Issues & Life Skills
Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
Health and Hygiene
Boys and Girls Clubs Award
‘Learning for Life’ - Open College Network (OCN)
Youth Achievement Award
Lord Mayor’s Award
Wales Youth Work Excellence Award
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The City & County of Swansea Youth Service has thirty youth clubs in
community locations across City & County of Swansea. The Youth Service
also works in partnership with various other organisations, such as Friends of
the Young Disabled (FOYD), Friendship House/Youth Gateway Club and
various community Committees in the delivery of Youth Work.
The Youth Service also have school based youth workers based
Comprehensive Schools providing additional support and guidance pupils
through appropriate curriculum projects. These projects are designed to
demonstrate how the youth work approach, in partnership with schools, can
have a positive impact upon young people; raising their levels of achievement,
improving their attendance at school, increasing their motivation and
improving their attitude towards learning.
The projects take very different forms, sometimes providing support on site,
within the school and in other cases working with young people away from the
school site. Youth workers are involved in supporting learning both within
schools and through off-site activities delivered to the principles of the Youth
Work Curriculum Statement of Wales.